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Next Meeting, 19th March: ‘A History of Woodsmoor’ - Sue Bailey
A drone flight over the structure,from YouTube. The Aqueduct was designed and built by Benjamin Outram, Consultant Engineer for the Peak Forest Canal and the Resident Engineer, Thomas Brown, of Disley. Outram, from Alfreton in Derbyshire, was an outstanding Engineer of his time and was involved in the construction of many canals including the Manchester, Bolton and Bury, the Ashton and the Huddersfield Narrow. Thomas Brown, over thirty years later, was also Resident Engineer on the Macclesfield Canal...... read more
What's in a name ?
What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot if your name is Miss Jane Marple, Agatha Christie’s eponymous heroine. The star of 12 crime novels and 20 short stories, local folklore believed that Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth was named after Marple station because the author passed through it on one occasion. This is not true but the station does figure prominently in the actual story. In July 2015 the station celebrated its 150th anniversary (coincidentally, the 125th anniversary of Agatha’s birth) and her grandson Mathew Prichard was invited to Marple. He brought with him a letter written by his grandmother to a Miss Marple fan, explaining how she came by the name.
Sue Bailey - ‘A History of Woodsmoor’ - Monday 19th March
Woodsmoor is a little known area situated just one mile south east of Stockport. As Sue Bailey’s talk will show, its appearance today - one of roads lined with houses -belies its long and interesting history. Originally a part of the Bramhall Manorial estate, records show that Woodsmoor was first settled in the 16th and 17th century by tenant farmers. While Stockport grew as an industrial town in the 18th and 19th centuries, Woodsmoor remained exactly as it had been in the late 17th century. It wasn’t until 1895 that the houses started to arrive - the most notable of which was the ‘Black and White Bungalow’ shown here. Sue’s interviews with older local residents revealed their memories of interesting events that took place in Woodsmoor in the last century. All of this, put together in her book ‘A History of Woodsmoor’, shows that even the most ordinary of places has a story to tell.